Advises clients on managing corporate reputation and advancing strategic ESG and DEI goals, creating best-in-class investor relations, and navigating crisis situations.
Head of investor relations for four different public companies. Also led communications, marketing and corporate affairs within retail, financial services, real estate and tech industries.
Longtime New Yorker, arts advocate who spent her formative years in ballet, piano and violin lessons, bird watcher, world traveler, dog mom, nonprofit board member.
Liz Zale is a Partner in the New York office and is co-leader of the firm's global corporate reputation and leadership practice. She advises clients on advancing and defending corporate reputation and elevating board and executive leadership positioning, has created and supported best-in-class investor relations programs, and has extensive experience in crisis management and communications, shareholder activism and public offerings.
Recent assignments include advising a leading global retailer regarding corporate and executive positioning including the launch of its social purpose platform, developing an investor day event for PVH, a global apparel brand company, and helping CarMax reframe its long-term growth trajectory as a leading omnichannel retailer. Activist defense assignments include Treehouse Inc. in its settlement with Jana Partners, CarMax in interactions with previous shareholder Third Point, ADP in its successful proxy defense against Bill Ackman.
Liz has advised clients on high-profile crisis situations and litigation matters, including KPMG in relation to the PCAOB information scandal and SEC settlement, cybersecurity preparedness and data incident response for companies across industries, and addressing DEI-related issues in corporate and educational environments.
She spent two decades in corporate roles as head of investor relations for companies including Moody's Corporation, Nielsen, and Simon Property Group, and in marketing leadership positions including Vice President of digital marketing strategy, education and social media for specialty retailer Michaels, Director of Marketing for Executive Education at Columbia Business School, and Senior Marketing Manager at DealerTrack.
Liz holds a BA from Middlebury College and MBA from Columbia Business School.